Friday, June 07, 2013

Superman & Oscar

In seven days, the latest cinematic incarnation of everyone's favorite Big Blue Boy Scout, Man of Steel, finally comes out. I've long since given up hope of going into the theater with low expectations. Every piece of footage has gotten me even more pumped for the thing. With only a week left, I should probably stop seeking out this footage (PS-Warner Bros., stop it with the tv spots and clips please. I have zero will power!)

Anyway, in honor of this newest Superman, I thought I'd do for the Super-franchise what I did for the Dark Knight and list of all of the Oscar-nominated talent that has been part of the live-action films featuring the Man of Steel. I have a feeling this list will be way more extensive than the Batman one, but you never know. So without further adieu...

Amy Adams
(Lois Lane -- Man of Steel)
Academy Award Nominee:
Best Supporting Actress -- Junebug (2006)
Best Supporting Actress -- Doubt (2009)
Best Supporting Actress -- The Fighter (2011)
Best Supporting Actress -- The Master (2013)


Ned Beatty
(Otis -- Superman: The Movie, Superman II)
Academy Award Nominee:
Best Supporting Actor -- Network (1977)

 Marlon Brando
(Jor-El -- Superman: The Movie, Superman Returns)
Academy Award Winner:
Best Actor -- On the Waterfront (1955)
Best Actor -- The Godfather (1974)
Academy Award Nominee: 
Best Actor -- A Streetcar Named Desire (1952)
Best Actor -- Viva Zapata! (1953)
Best Actor -- Julius Caesar (1954)
Best Actor -- Sayonara (1958)
Best Actor -- Last Tango in Paris (1974)
Best Supporting Actor -- A Dry White Season (1990)

Jim Broadbent
(Jean Pierre DuBois -- Superman IV: The Quest for Peace)
Academy Award Winner:
Best Actor -- Iris (2002)   

Jackie Cooper
(Perry White -- Superman: The Movie, Superman II, Superman III, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace)
Academy Award Nominee:
Best Actor -- Skippy (1931)






Kevin Costner
(Jonathan Kent -- Man of Steel)
Academy Award Winner:
Best Director -- Dances with Wolves (1991)
Best Picture -- Dances with Wolves (1991)
Academy Award Nominee:
Best Actor -- Dances with Wolves (1991) 




Russell Crowe
(Jor-El -- Man of Steel)
Academy Award Winner:
Best Actor -- Gladiator (2001)
Academy Award Nominee:
Best Actor -- The Insider (2000)
Best Actor -- A Beautiful Mind (2002)


Faye Dunaway
(Selena -- Supergirl)
Academy Award Winner:
Best Actress -- Network (1977)
Academy Award Nominee:
Best Actress -- Bonnie and Clyde (1968)
Best Actress -- Chinatown (1975)

Laurence Fishburne
(Perry White -- Man of Steel)
Academy Award Nominee:
Best Actor -- What's Love Got to Do with It? (1994)



Gene Hackman
(Lex Luthor -- Superman: The Movie, Superman II, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace)
Academy Award Winner:
Best Actor -- The French Connection (1972)
Best Supporting Actor -- Unforgiven (1993)
Academy Award Nominee:
Best Supporting Actor -- Bonnie and Clyde (1968)
Best Supporting Actor -- I Never Sang for My Father (1971)
Best Actor -- Mississippi Burning (1989)

Mariel Hemingway
(Lacy Warfield -- Superman IV: The Quest for Peace)
Academy Award Nominee:
Best Supporting Actress -- Manhattan (1980)





Diane Lane
(Martha Kent -- Man of Steel)
Academy Award Nominee:
Best Actress -- Unfaithful (2003)



Frank Langella
(Perry White -- Superman Returns)
Academy Award Nominee:
Best Actor -- Frost/Nixon (2009)






Annette O'Toole
(Lana Lang -- Superman III)
Academy Award Nominee:
Best Original Song -- A Mighty Wind (2004)




Peter O'Toole
(Zaltar -- Supergirl)
Academy Award Winner:
Honorary Award (2003)
Academy Award Nominee:
Best Actor -- Lawrence of Arabia (1963)
Best Actor -- Becket  (1965)
Best Actor -- The Lion in Winter (1969)
Best Actor -- Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1970)
Best Actor -- The Ruling Class (1973)
Best Actor -- The Stunt Man (1981)
Best Actor -- My Favorite Year (1983)
Best Actor -- Venus (2007)



Valerie Perrine
(Eve Teschmacher -- Superman: The Movie, Superman II)
Academy Award Nominee:
Best Actress -- Lenny (1975)








Eva Marie Saint
(Martha Kent -- Superman Returns)
Academy Award Winner:
Best Actress -- On the Waterfront (1955)







Michael Shannon 
(General Zod -- Man of Steel)
Academy Award Nominee:
Best Supporting Actor -- Revolutionary Road (2009)





Kevin Spacey
(Lex Luthor -- Superman Returns)
Academy Award Winner:
Best Supporting Actor -- The Usual Suspects (1996)
Best Actor -- American Beauty (2000)






Terrence Stamp
(General Zod -- Superman: The Movie, Superman II)
Academy Award Nominee:
Best Supporting Actor -- Billy Budd (1963)







Robert Vaughn
(Ross Webster -- Superman III)
Academy Award Nominee:
Best Supporting Actor -- The Young Philadelphians (1960)





Susannah York
(Lara -- Superman: The Movie, Superman II, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace)
Academy Award Nominee:
Best Supporting Actress -- They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1970)

Monday, February 25, 2013

Batman & Oscar 2013


Christian Bale  
(Bruce Wayne/Batman -- Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises)
Academy Award Winner:

Best Supporting Actor -- The Fighter (2011)



Kim Basinger 
(Vicki Vale -- Batman)
Academy Award Winner:

Best Supporting Actress -- L.A. Confidential (1998)


Halle Berry 
(Patience Phillips/Catwoman -- Catwoman)
Academy Award Winner: 
Best Actress -- Monster’s Ball (2002)








Michael Caine 
(Alfred Pennyworth -- Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises)
Academy Award Winner: 
Best Supporting Actor -- Hannah and Her Sisters (1987)
Best Supporting Actor -- The Cider House Rules (2000)
Academy Award Nominee: 
Best Actor -- Alfie (1967)
Best Actor -- Sleuth (1972)
Best Actor -- Educating Rita (1984)
Best Actor -- The Quiet American (2002)


George Clooney 
(Bruce Wayne/Batman -- Batman & Robin)
Academy Award Winner:
 

Best Supporting Actor -- Syriana (2006)
Best Picture -- Argo (2013)
Academy Award Nominee:
Best Director -- Good Night, and Good Luck (2006)
Best Original Screenplay -- Good Night, and Good Luck (2006)
Best Actor -- Michael Clayton (2008)
Best Actor -- Up in the Air (2010)
Best Actor -- The Descendants (2012)
Best Adapted Screenplay -- The Ides of March (2012)

Tom Conti 
(Prisoner -- The Dark Knight Rises)
Academy Award Nominee: 
Best Actor -- Reuben, Reuben (1984)




Marion Cotillard 
(Miranda Tate/Talia -- The Dark Knight Rises)
Academy Award Winner: 
Best Actress -- La Vie En Rose (2008)





Danny DeVito 
(Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin -- Batman Returns)
Academy Award Nominee: 

Best Picture -- Erin Brockovich (2001)






 

Morgan Freeman 
(Lucius Fox -- Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises)
Academy Award Winner: 

Best Supporting Actor -- Million Dollar Baby (2005)
Academy Award Nominee: 
Best Supporting Actor -- Street Smart (1988)
Best Actor -- Driving Miss Daisy (1990)
Best Actor -- The Shawshank Redemption (1995)
Best Actor -- Invictus (2010)

Maggie Gyllenhaal 
(Rachel Dawes -- The Dark Knight)
Academy Award Nominee: 

Best Supporting Actress -- Crazy Heart (2010)

Anne Hathaway 
(Selina Kyle/Catwoman -- The Dark Knight Rises)
Academy Award Winner: 
Best Supporting Actress -- Les Miserables (2013)
Academy Award Nominee: 
Best Actress -- Rachel Getting Married (2009)
  


Tommy Lee Jones 
(Harvey Dent/Two-Face -- Batman Forever)
Academy Award Winner: 

Best Supporting Actor -- The Fugitive (1994)
Academy Award Nominee:

Best Supporting Actor -- JFK (1992)
Best Supporting Actor -- Lincoln (2012)


 


Nicole Kidman 
(Dr. Chase Meridian -- Batman Forever)
Academy Award Winner: 

Best Actress -- The Hours (2003)
Academy Award Nominee: 

Best Actress -- Moulin Rouge (2002)
Best Actress -- Rabbit Hole (2011)





Heath Ledger 
(The Joker -- The Dark Knight) 
Academy Award Winner:
Best Supporting Actor -- The Dark Knight (2009)
Academy Award Nominee: 
Best Actor -- Brokeback Mountain (2006)







Burgess Meredith 
(The Penguin -- Batman: The Movie)
Academy Award Nominee:

Best Supporting Actor -- The Day of the Locust (1976) 
Best Supporting Actor -- Rocky (1977)




Liam Neeson 
(Henri Ducard/R'as Al Ghul -- Batman Begins, The Dark Knight Rises)
Academy Award Nominee: 

Best Actor -- Schindler’s List (1994)








Jack Nicholson 
(Jack Napier/The Joker -- Batman)
Academy Award Winner: 

Best Actor -- One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1976)
Best Supporting Actor -- Terms of Endearment (1984)
Best Actor -- As Good As it Gets (1998)
Academy Award Nominee: 

Best Supporting Actor -- Easy Rider (1970)
Best Actor -- Five Easy Pieces (1971)
Best Actor -- The Last Detail (1974)
Best Actor -- Chinatown (1975)
Best Supporting Actor -- Reds (1982)
Best Actor -- Prizzi’s Honor (1986)
Best Actor -- Ironweed (1988)
Best Supporting Actor -- A Few Good Men (1993)
Best Actor -- About Schmidt (2003)


Gary Oldman 
(Jim Gordon -- Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises)
Academy Award Nominee: 
 
Best Actor -- Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2012)



 
Jack Palance 
(Carl Grissom -- Batman)
Academy Award Winner: 

Best Supporting Actor -- City Slickers (1992)
Academy Award Nominee: 

Best Supporting Actor -- Sudden Fear (1953)
Best Supporting Actor -- Shane (1954) 


Michelle Pfeiffer 
(Selina Kyle/Catwoman -- Batman Returns)
Academy Award Nominee: 

Best Supporting Actress -- Dangerous Liasons (1989)
Best Actress -- The Fabulous Baker Boys (1990)
Best Actress -- Love Field (1993)

Eric Roberts 
(Salvatore Maroni -- The Dark Knight)
Academy Award Nominee: 

Best Supporting Actor -- Runaway Train (1986)




Sharon Stone 
(Laurel Hedare -- Catwoman)
Academy Award Nominee: 

Best Actress -- Casino (1996)









Uma Thurman 
(Dr. Pamela Isley/Poison Ivy -- Batman & Robin)
Academy Award Nominee: 

Best Supporting Actress -- Pulp Fiction (1995)


 

Christopher Walken 
(Max Shreck -- Batman Returns)
Academy Award Winner: 

Best Supporting Actor -- The Deer Hunter (1979)
Academy Award Nominee:

Best Supporting Actor -- Catch Me if You Can (2003)

  


Ken Watanabe 
(R’as Al Ghul -- Batman Begins)
Academy Award Nominee: 

Best Supporting Actor -- The Last Samurai (2004)

 


Tom Wilkinson  
(Carmine Falcone -- Batman Begins) 
Academy Award Nominee: 
Best Actor -- In the Bedroom (2002)
Best Supporting Actor -- Michael Clayton (2008)

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Heat, Thunder, and a Chance of Rain...

So the 2012 Weather Channel Finals begin tonight in Oklahoma City. It's still weird to me to say "Oklahoma City" in reference to an NBA franchise.  It's just wrong on so many levels, and I'm not even from Seattle.

What could have been...
See, that's the reason I'm very conflicted about the Finals this year. With the Oklahoma City ZombieSonics playing South Beach Hollywood as Hell for the title, there is no good outcome. A Miami victory not only validates their premature title celebration in the summer of 2010, but it takes away my one key argument against Lebron James: he doesn't have what it takes to win a championship. Full disclosure: I've been drinking the LBJ Haterade long before "the Decision." Plus, D-Wade is a jerk.

Better than Prometheus?
On the other hand, while the OKC Thunder is not a hard team to root for if you just consider the players on the roster, Game 1 of the Finals should be played in Seattle tonight. It's always tough when teams change cities, but it's even tougher when it's a franchise as storied as the Seattle Supersonics. It's even worse when said team was bought by an out of town owner who had no intentions on keeping them in their city, but held the city for ransom nonetheless. So, I guess what I'm saying is Clay Bennet is a jerk.

Which brings me back to square one. Who to root for? It's like what the tagline of Alien vs. Predators so eloquently said, "Whoever Wins, We Lose!"

So after the jump, I'm going to run down all my reasons for and against rooting for each team in the Finals this year.